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Lhops (Doya) of Bhutan : An Ethnographic Account

B. Deben Sharma, Akansha, 2005, xxi, 261 p, tables, maps, plates, ISBN : 8183700063, $42.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Lhops (Doya) of Bhutan : An Ethnographic Account/B. Deben Sharma

Contents: Introduction. I. Physical and social setting: 1. Location and geographical features of Doya habitat. 2. Physical features and demographic situation. 3. Doya language. 4. Houses. 5. Clothing. 6. Occupation and daily activities. 7. Food and drinking habits. 8. Health and sanitation. 9. Recreational activities. 10. Modern education and occupational change. Summary. II. Social organisation: 1. Riihs: their origins and deities. 2. Ewui: organisation of residential territories. 3. Makim: an abode of martrilineage and matrilocality. 4. Rules relating to conjugal relations. 5. Makim and its developmental cycle. 6. Case studies. Summary. III. Kin terms and relations: 1. Ego's social matrix. 2. Ego's residential and lineal group. 3. Doya system: a typological problem. 4. Doya system of kin terms and relation. 5. Comparison with other systems. Summary. IV. Doya response to questions of life and death: 1. Birth of child. 2. Parenthood. 3. Death and funeral rites. Summary. V. Economy and livelihood pattern: 1. Traditional subsistent economy. 2. Livelihood situation. 3. Impacts on Doya economy and livelihood pattern. Summary. Annexures: i. Household data of Lotok. ii. Household data of Lotukuchu A&B. iii. Household data of Sanglung. iv. Household data of Satakha. v. Household data of Lapcheygoan (Rai Village). VI. Summary and conclusion: Glossary. Select bibliography. Appendices. Index.

"In this book a maiden attempt is made to give a first hand description on the life and culture of Lhops (Doya), one of the least known indigenous communities in Bhutan. The book is an outcome of an intensive field work among the people and personal experience of the author. The author worked among the people as a primary school teacher for four years between 1990 and 1994.

The book contains an ethnographic account of the Lhops (also popularly known as Doyas) social organization, kin terms and relations, Doya philosophy of life and death, traditional economy and livelihood patterns and impact of modern economy and other cultures." (jacket)

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